London Overground capacity boost

Trains on the London Overground network have moved to five-carriage format, which will increase passenger capacity by 25 per cent.

An extra carriage is being introduced to London Overground trains to meet increasing demand for the highly popular rail service.

The increase from four to five-carriage trains is part of Transport for London’s (TfL) £320m programme to boost capacity on the London Overground network. The rollout of the longer trains will start on the East London Line followed by the North and West London lines and be completed by the end of 2015.

Passenger capacity on the Watford to Euston line will be increased when the power supply is upgraded.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Adding an extra carriage to the trains that criss-cross this network will allow more people to take advantage of what is now one of the most reliable and trusted rail services in the UK. As London’s population continues to rise, it is investment in our transport network like this which will help to keep London and its economy on the up.”

TfL’s Managing Director of London Rail, Mike Brown, said: “The ever-increasing popularity of the London Overground network has seen a huge rise in demand. As a result, we are now on course to carry 135m passengers – nearly four times the number we carried when we took over this railway in 2007.

“To enable us to continue and maintain the high levels of safe, reliable and frequent travel that our customers have come to expect, it is vital that we deliver more capacity by lengthening our trains from four to five carriages.

“We have set a standard for highly successful rail services and this is the model we will follow when we take over three-quarters of the rail services out of Liverpool Street station next year.”

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